The first thing to do is to clean up any
gunk that is in the area. The next thing to do is to trim any molding that may
be in the way. In the picture at left, the stop molding for an old door needs
to be trimmed so that it doesn't interfere with the new threshold.
Alternatively, you could take it off. After you mark the trim, cut it with
a handsaw (a backsaw is actually a better choice) and then use a chisel to remove the
material. Make sure that you get it all or it will interfere with a clean
Next you need to cut the threshold to the
proper length. Measure the opening you need to cover and transfer that
measurement to the threshold. It is a reasonable procedure to cut the threshold
a bit long (you can always trim more off) to make sure that you don't have to go
back to the store. Use a square to
extend the line across the threshold.
Carefully cut the threshold to the proper
length. Do not try to "freehand" this cut. If no power saw is available, such
as a cut-off or table saw, use a miter box with a back hand saw.
This cut must be straight. At this time it is also a good idea to lightly sand